Iskandar Haggarty


Iskandar HaggartyIskandar Haggarty is the winner of MB1.38. Follow him on Twitter. If you enjoyed Iskandar’s MB1.38winning story, you might like to check out his poem Bubblegum Lipstick at Inktrap Magazine.

Iskandar is an upcoming writer of prose and poetry alike. He is influenced greatly by Edward Gorey, Neil Gaiman, and Edgar Allan Poe, and writes dark/macabre tales himself. He likes tea, good books that get him thinking, good music that gets him dancing, and anything even remotely fluffy.

100 words ain’t many. How do you fit a story into so few words? What I do is read the bookends and then stare at the picture while letting the words marinate in my head. After about 5 minutes the words and the picture click, and I have my topic. After that it’s just writing it out and editing; cutting it down, making it fit the boundaries without losing any of its punch.

Why do you like flash fiction? I discovered it this year and I fell in love with the idea of it; short and succinct. It’s the epitome of “show, don’t tell”, and I think it’s wonderful!

Been writing long? Since I was 8. In third grade we had a “creative writing” assessment; we had to write a page on whatever we liked. I got too carried away with an epic on lizard-warrior people and ended up with 26 pages. That’s when I knew. P.S: I also got some strange looks when I read it out to the class. Apparently you don’t read “Lord of the Rings” spin-offs to 8 year olds. It’s a bit too much for them.

You write anything else? I just had a poem published over at Inktrap Magazine this past week. Give it a look if you’re interested!

Any advice for other flash writers? Don’t stop writing. The best practice you can get to better your style and voice is continuous writing and re-writing. You’ll notice that each time, your drafts look and sound a bit better than the last.

Any interesting writerly projects in the pipeline? I’m halfway through a novel/novella (not sure which one yet) which draws inspiration from Edward Gorey/Coraline/A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’m also putting together a chapbook of poetry, which I hope to have published soon.

I just finished reading a book. Can you recommend another? Oh Gosh. Can I recommend more than one? The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig tied in first place with The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for my “best book read in 2014”. The best book I’ve read this year so far (hands down!) is The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. These books are all weirdly wonderful, and that’s just how I like it.

MB1.38 CHILD* [micro] STAR

Dull Silver

Iskandar Haggarty

Childhood is supposed to be golden.
Fathers are supposed to wake up, bright and early, and make breakfast.
Bright and early, Papa put the barrel of his shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Mothers are supposed to tuck their kids in at night.
Mama cried tears of salt and cigarettes when the judge found me a new home, but she never visited.
Not even once.
Friends are supposed to stick up for you.
The whole baseball team disappeared the day the bigger kids came for me.
Childhood is supposed to be golden.
Mine was the dull silver of a dying star.

I had just read a great article on authors that killed themselves, including Hemingway (who did himself in with his favorite shotgun), and I wanted to incorporate that somehow. The idea of the age snapshots came a little later, after I realized I wanted to show snippets that could constitute a whole childhood instead of just one moment in it, and then it just all came together on its own!

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  1. Your becoming a pro at this stuff!

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